Of the 1.16 million new vehicles registered in Canada in the first eight months of 2012, 20% were either Ford F-Series pickups, Ram pickups, Honda Civic sedans and coupes, Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, or Hyundai Elantras of one sort or another. Yes, Canada’s five most popular vehicles accounted for one out of every five new vehicle sales.
In case you didn’t instantly do the math, with four months remaining there’s been one new vehicle sale for every 30 individuals in Canada. August 2012 sales rose 6.4%; year-to-date industry volume is up 6.7% from a little less than 1.1 million new vehicle sales at this point in 2011.
Always A Bridesmaid: Since February, The Ram P/U
Has Been Canada’s Second-Ranked Vehicle
You’re familiar with most of the leading candidates on this list because of GCBC’s regular best seller lists. Here’s some of what you probably don’t already know. Since July, Ford’s Fiesta fell from 30th to 34th spot. The Kia Rio climbed to 29th from 33rd. The Ford Edge and Jeep Wrangler traded places, as did the Volkswagen Jetta and Toyota RAV4. Much remains the same at the top. The Ford F-Series is still the best-selling vehicle line in Canada. Ram’s pickup is still the runner-up.
Further down the list we see that the Mercedes-Benz C-Class’s lead over the BMW 3-Series in the race to end 2012 as Canada’s top-selling luxury vehicle has shrunk to just 428 units. The Benz was 783 units ahead at the end of July. The Fiat 500 is one of Canada’s 50 best-selling vehicles in 2012; the Mini Cooper – the whole non-Countryman range – sits in 88th position. GM’s gorgeous Buick Regal slid from a ranking of 124 at the end of July to the 131st position at the end of August. The Regal is no longer outselling the smart fortwo, Ford Expedition, or Hyundai Veracruz. Detroit’s best-selling luxury-brand vehicle in Canada is the 100th-ranked Lincoln MKX. (Ahem… Buick’s Verano sits in 82nd spot. But we said luxury brand. The Century remains terribly front-of-mind.)
One could use this exhaustive list as the basis for pointing out surprising Canadian-market failures and successes all day. The Hyundai Veloster, reviewed by GCBC last year, ranks 97th south of the border but is the 68th-best-selling vehicle in Canada. Conversely, the divisive Hyundai Equus is way up in 216th in America with 0.3% of the overall market, but the Equus sits way down in 240th in Canada with just 0.007% of the overall market.
Not including vehicles like the Toyota Venza, Subaru Outback, Honda Crosstour, Volvo XC70, or the new Subaru XV Crosstrek, but including vehicles like the Mini Countryman, Nissan Juke, Mitsubishi RVR, BMW X1, and the Dodge Journey, 90 different SUV/CUV/crossover nameplates have been sold in Canada in 2012. Why do people buy SUVs? Generally not because of what’s seen in the accompanying video.
As always, historical monthly and yearly sales figures for every vehicle currently marketed in Canada and the U.S. can be accessed through the first dropdown menu at GCBC’s Sales Stats home or, for non-mobile users, near the top right of this page. What’s the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren suddenly doing on this list? Your guess is as good as mine. It has apparently been a more frequent sale in Canada this year than the Chevrolet Cobalt. Which means nothing.
The 259 vehicles sold in Canada in 2012 have been ranked by August 2012 year-to-date volume below. Skip past the top 30 if you must. Use your Command+F or Cntrl+F functions to search for a specific model. Remember, Toyota Canada reports separate the Prius from the Prius C and Prius V. Italicized unranked lines are nothing more than available breakdowns, already included in the model’s total, not in addition to the model’s total.
Source: Manufacturers & ANDC Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales Sales data for brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maybach are unfortunately not broken down by model. estimates say sales for those brands through August were 152, 86, and 2 respectively. Total Maserati and Bentley volume is reported, but not by specific models. * = unconfirmed by manufacturer’s monthly report. Italicized unranked lines are nothing more than available breakdowns, already included in the model’s total, not in addition to the model’s total.